What would grow well with a holly hedge

BurmbakBurmbak Posts: 3
i am looking for ideas to buy a fast growing plant to thicken and add some interest to my rather thin but tall and established holly hedge. It extends around a sunny south facing to a shaded side return so the complementing plant would need to be able to cope with these different conditions. It has gOod drainage and quite sandy river basin soil. I've thought of a honeysuckle but not sure if that would work and if it does the. what type is recommended? Any ideas welcome please?
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,856
    A photo would help us to picture the site.
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  • BurmbakBurmbak Posts: 3
  • BurmbakBurmbak Posts: 3
    I am hoping the additional plant would grow into the holly to create a more complete screen without too much extra depth.  There is also an outside metal railing that it can grow through and possibly get some support from?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,108
    edited 10 September
    I think the best thing you can do is to keep the hedge clipped at the top and sides and then, after some decent, penetrating rain this autumn, give the base of the hedge a good weed and then a thick mulch of well-rotted garden compost and manure which the worms will work into the soil over winter.   

    Next spring, give it a generous handful of slow release fertiliser per metre and then watch it grow.   Given such encouragement, it will thicken by itself and fill those gaps in no time.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I would keep it as 100% pure holly.
    It will soon fatten up and fill all the gaps.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 25,285
    I'd agree. If it gets a good prune etc, as @Obelixx describes, it'll thicken up nicely.  :)
    I doubt a honeysuckle would thrive in the conditions you have anyway. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,115
    This is a thread from a while back trawled up by a freeloading spammer whose post has been removed. 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 25,285
    Oops - so it is @Dovefromabove...maybe I still haven't had enough sleep yet  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,115
    🛌 🐑 🐑 🐑 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 25,285
    Not enough sleep @Dovefromabove...not sheep  :D

    It's ok - I know exactly what you're saying... in case you think I'm being thick  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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